Utah Light and Traction Company, 1939 Report Of Operations

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Compiled from "Robert W. Edwards" microfilm at University of Utah library, research completed on October 28-29, 1981.


September 14, 1914
UL&T showed September 18, 1914 as the date that the property and interests of Utah Light & Railway Co. were taken over by Utah Light & Traction Co. At that time the property consisted of:


Of the 192 pieces of rolling stock were listed as follows:

Class Qty. Type Weight
Seating Capacity
1, 80, 100, 150  classes 42 open, two platform, single truck 9,000 to 15,500 28 to 45
200 class 7 open, two platform, double truck 2,200 60
300 class 27 closed, double truck 32,830 36
350 class 8 closed, double truck 38,000 40
400 class 10 closed, double truck 40,000 40
410 class 50 closed, double truck 48,000 44
460 class 12 closed, double truck 49,000 44
600 class 12 closed, double truck 56,000 52
650 class 6 closed, double truck 55,000 56
700 class 18 closed, double truck, steel-bodied 50,000 56

The 650 and 700 classes were the most modern streetcar equipment, built and placed into service in 1914.

Other Items From The Report

In 1923, 1923, ans 1924, the two-man cars were converted to one-man operation and renumbered as follows:

The first motor bus operation was into Mill Creek territory in 1923, initially using a White motor bus, which was replaced by a Mack AB motor bus.

The next motor bus operations was in 1926 when the Bountiful/Centerville line was removed and replaced by Mack AB motor buses.

Track abandonements began in 1926. Peak single track mileage was in 1918-1919 with 146.12 miles of track.

In 1927 more Mack AB motor buses were purchased to replace streetcar service to Murray, Midvale, and Sandy.

In 1927, five trailers with 56 seats were added for operations on the Fifteenth East/Sugar House loop. In 1932 when the Fifteenth East Line was taken up, the trailers were rebuilt into motor streetcars and numbered as the 525 Class.

In 1927, ten lightweight, single end cars with 46 person seating capacity, were purchased. They were numbered as the 510 Class and were operated until September 1937.

In 1928, eleven trolley buses (electric coaches) were placed into service. they ran on the Fourth East Line to main Street, then north along Main Street to the state capitol.

In 1929, fifteen more trolley buses were purchased and placed into service on the Fourth East Line, and the Ninth East Line, by way of main Street, First South, State Street, and East Third South.

In 1933 the first rear engined gasoline motor buses were put into service. They has seating capacity of 21 persons. Twenty buses were put into service between November 1933 and March 1934.

At the time of the September 1939 report, Utah Light & Traction had the following equipment:

Of the original $10 million of original capitol stock, only $1 million was exchanged for stock of the predecessor companies in 1914. the only additional stock sold was 6,035 shares of Utah Power & Light at $150,875. UP&L in September 1939 held 46,028 shares of 46,035 shares outstanding, excluding directors' shares.

In 1934 the Utah State Road Commission agreed to remove traction company tracks at the following locations, and to load all salvaged materials onto traction company work cars:

In May 1935 the Utah State Road Commission agreed to remove the tracks on Twenty-First South, from eleventh East to Fifteenth east, and tracks along Fifteenth east from twenty-First South to Seventeenth South, along with all trolley wires, span wires, and wooden poles.

The road commission also agreed to replace the special track trackwork on Eleventh East at Twenty-First South with straight track. All of the material was to be loaded onto traction company work cars at Twenty-First South for the traction company's own and later re-use.